File this under weirdness.
In email messages some "writers" are falling into the habit of using a backward slash in place of than an apostrophe in contractions and possessive forms.
As in: "couldn\t"; "i\ve" (these writers hate caps too); "it\s"; "kid\s" etc.
Perhaps it's the influence of SMS.
If you're an aspiring writer, please don't do this. Your aim is to communicate, not to obfuscate.
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